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Private Preview Screening: Mother of Buffalo: The Iconic Water-Buffalo of Lantau

Luis Arturo Tapia - Film Director
Thursday, 16 May 2024
Complimentary Free-Flow Fine Wines from 6:30 pm; Talk at 7:30
The Function Room, Ladies Recreation Club. 10 Old Peak Road
The talk is free of charge for student members. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the attendee list.

Mother of Buffalo looks at the iconic water-buffalo of Lantau though the eyes of perhaps their best human friend.  For 15 years and counting, Jean has looked after the unique population - every day, rain or shine, she makes her rounds, ensuring they are fed and healthy.  

But the film explores how the buffalos’ once-pristine wetland home is increasingly under threat.  Its protected status is in fact unenforceable, and illegal development encroaches despite the efforts of local environmental groups.  A Hong Kong Government sterilisation campaign intended to control the population may have gone too far.  The Government, some believe, appears intent to have the buffalo removed.
Against growing headwinds, the future of the buffalo is precarious.  Yet Jean persists in her daily efforts to be their advocate and guardian.  With ferocity, humour, and mother’s love, Mother of Buffalo tells the story of Jean and the buffalo as witnessed first-hand and filmed over a two-year period.
Luis Arturo Tapia is a filmmaker whose curious nature has led him to diverse documentary topics.  These include online vigilantism in Human Flesh Search Engine, the trials of an up-and-coming young musicians in Up from the Underground, the adventures of four pioneering British bands on tour in From Wrexham to Wuhan, life behind the scenes with Chinese icon Faye Wong in Moments and most recently Mother of Buffalo.  His scripted dark comedy short This Will End Badly was accepted at 12 festivals and won Best Short Film at the B-Retina Festival in Barcelona.
Luis received a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Mandarin.  Based in Shanghai and Hong Kong from 2002-2022, he remains connected to China and continues to visit frequently.  He is currently based in Dallas and works around the world as a documentary and commercial filmmaker for clients including Alibaba, BBC, Discovery, Disney, ESPN, Ferrari, Heineken, National Geographic, NBA, Netflix, NFL, The Olympic Channel, WNBA, and YSL.

Members of the RGS-HK, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$200 for RGS Members and HK$250 for guests and others, including free-flow drinks. 

The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.

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